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22 vehicles' tires cut at Bon Air

The tires of 22 vehicles parked at the Bon Air Apartments on Walton Way were slashed between late Tuesday and early Wednesday. On at least 12 vehicles, the right front tire was slashed, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Office reports. Lt. Tony Walden said no suspects have been identified.

Man facing murder charges out on bond

A man facing charges of murder in the death of an emaciated relative was released on bond this week.

Buel Peterson, 55, and his wife, Jeanne Peterson, 30, are awaiting trial in Richmond County Superior Court. On Monday, Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet signed an order releasing Mr. Peterson on his own recognizance. District Attorney Ashley Wright did not oppose bond.

The Petersons have been jailed without bond since manslaughter charges were upgraded to murder in the Oct. 21 death of Christina Baxter, 30, who was deaf, mute, and unable to walk or feed herself. She weighed 46 pounds at the time of her death from complications of malnutrition.

Mr. Peterson, who has diabetes and had a leg amputated while in jail, has extensive family connections and a job waiting. He has serious medical issues that would have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars if he remained in jail, said Sam B. Sibley Jr., the public defender.

Police arrest man in thefts from mailboxes

Richmond County investigators have arrested a man in a rash of thefts from mailboxes.

Earnest Johnson, 54, of the 1900 block of Valley Springs Road, was arrested Thursday on felony forgery charges, Investigator Michelle Walden said.

Mr. Johnson is accused in several thefts from homes in the area. In those cases, police think someone stole checks from mailboxes and used a process called "washing" to remove the ink. The thief then made out the checks for new, larger amounts, Investigator Walden said.

Pair wanted in theft of $3,000 in gasoline

Authorities have identified two people who they think are responsible for taking more than $3,000 in premium gasoline in the past week.

Calvin Jackson, 30, and Katasha Willingham, 33, are both wanted on charges of theft by taking over $500, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Tony Walden.

The two suspects are accused of pumping gas after rigging gas pumps with a screwdriver. Investigators also think they are approaching other customers and charging them a $30 fee to fill up their tanks, Lt. Walden said. Mr. Jackson and Ms. Willingham were spotted driving a black, 2001 Ford Excursion with chrome trim and a Florida license plate. Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Bicyclist tries to take cash register drawer

Police say a man attempted to steal cash from the register of Krystal restaurant on Walton Way early Thursday by riding his bicycle to the drive-through window and reaching inside.

The suspect, who was described as between 50 and 55 years old and riding a bicycle with a basket on the front, opened the small sliding window and grabbed the cash register drawer, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. When he was unable to remove the drawer, the man fled west on Walton Way, the report stated.

Hurricane evacuee not guilty of murder

A man who fled to Augusta with his family to escape Hurricane Katrina was acquitted of murder charges this week.

A Richmond County Superior Court found Benjamin J. Lewis, 24, not guilty of murder in the Dec. 9, 2005, shooting death of 26-year-old Edward Burns.

Defense attorney Lee Prescott of the public defender's office had argued to the jury that Mr. Lewis was present, but he wasn't the shooter. Mr. Burns was shot during a street brawl involving some 20 people.

Child molester will be jailed for eight years

An 18-year-old Augusta man who pleaded guilty to child molestation was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday.

Once Victor M. Buggs completes the prison term, he will serve 12 years on probation. Mr. Buggs pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court, admitting he molested a 10-year-old girl on Oct. 28.

Murder conviction gets man life in prison

An Augusta man convicted of murder last month was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus five years.

A Richmond County Superior Court convicted Eddie Lee Freeman Jr., 24, of murder and weapon charges in the Sept. 12, 2006, shooting death of 21-year-old Terrance D. Moore.

Two other men face murder charges in the case. Mr. Moore was shot in an Augusta hotel room after an argument broke out over the terms of a drug deal.

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Reality
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Reality 07/11/08 - 03:01 am
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There sure seems to be a lot

There sure seems to be a lot of crime. It really sounds like the police are doing a great job identifying the criminals and catching them.

formatrix
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formatrix 07/11/08 - 04:50 am
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The last blotter about the

The last blotter about the murder over the drug deal gone bad should serve to remind us of how much crime really is fueled by the dope dealers in this community. Richmond County Sheriff's Office with all due respect needs to be more aggressive in going into these motels with undercover officers and getting these dope boys in prison where they belong! Thats where so many of them operate out of. It seems that the police almost turn a blind eye to it, until there is some murder or aggravated assault. I really don't know why they are'nt more proactive about it, because they know very well what goes on there. They need to infiltrate these "crack motels" and that would really take a dent out of the crime. With no dealers left to sell that poisonous devil's drug, junkies wouldn't be committing robberries, burglaries,etc.etc. Police, gettyup, man, and do something about it, get off your fat butts and do it,man!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/11/08 - 05:27 am
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formatrix. you were doing

formatrix. you were doing fine until the "fat butts" comment. Some of our officers are in excellent shape and most of them DON'T have fat butt's, so I'm hoping you didn't mean that literally. I would like to see more funding for the police department, so they could afford to be more pro-active. While they are under-staffed, that's just not an option 24-7. Considering two well-connected local dealers have been arrested without a blip on the local media radar, leads me to believe they have been "talking" to lower their potential sentences. I'm just a mom, but I noticed. I hope they give up their suppliers, that's more important to me than their buyers. I also hope their girlfriends and co-dependents leave the neighborhood they have been destroying for the last 8 years, now that their sugar daddies are jail bound. Good riddance. If only there was a way to undo the damage and destruction they did to good people while there trying to cover up their misdeeds.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/11/08 - 06:04 am
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Why is the child molester

Why is the child molester being released back into society after an eight year sentence? Does the court think he'll be cured then?

christian134
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christian134 07/11/08 - 06:19 am
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This child's childhood was

This child's childhood was murdered and this man is only receiving this small amount of time...He will get out and perhaps the next time around will escalate to molesting and murder..It is high time the so-called justice system starts to administer justice for the victims instead of coddling the criminals....

rufus
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rufus 07/11/08 - 06:58 am
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I think the inmates will

I think the inmates will teach the boy a thing or 2 about molesting.

yak11
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yak11 07/11/08 - 08:00 am
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I think it should be

I think it should be mandatory that aggravated child molestors face with Life in Prison or Castration.

dani
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dani 07/11/08 - 08:42 am
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What a sorry state we are in.

What a sorry state we are in. Slashing 22 tires and for what?
Fun, perhaps? Criminals are getting off too easy in Richmond County. We need tougher and smarter judges.

dani
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dani 07/11/08 - 08:43 am
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Sorry about the above, NOT 22

Sorry about the above, NOT 22 tires but the tires of 22 vehicles. That could mean that many more were slashed?

DoubleD
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DoubleD 07/11/08 - 09:05 am
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There just isn't enough money

There just isn't enough money or room in our jails to be holding people who deserve to be there. That is why we keep seeing slaps on the wrist and repeat offenders walking among us only to strike again. I'm thinking a surveillance system around homes would be a good idea.

Reality
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Reality 07/11/08 - 09:12 am
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I agree, they should be

I agree, they should be wearing a collar so they will be incapicated if they go 25 feet from the house....

intheknow
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intheknow 07/11/08 - 09:15 am
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What the hell does a rusty

What the hell does a rusty azz 54 year old is doing stealing from other people mailboxes. I had better check my bank statement, I live in that neighborhood.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 07/11/08 - 09:17 am
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"22 vehicles' tires cut at

"22 vehicles' tires cut at Bon Air:....initiations

dani
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dani 07/11/08 - 09:23 am
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karma..If it is "initations"

karma..If it is "initations" then the parents should be jailed along with the punks who caused the damage. The automobile insurance companies should get involved. Throw the book at them.

wise
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wise 07/11/08 - 09:25 am
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8 years for child molestion.

8 years for child molestion. He will be out in 3. Its not fair to the victim. There should be a 30 year min.

rufus
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rufus 07/11/08 - 09:45 am
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He will be she when he's

He will be she when he's released

appocoplsenow
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appocoplsenow 07/11/08 - 12:32 pm
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Or at least his azzh will be

Or at least his azzh will be big as his hat size Johnson

Redibear
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Redibear 07/11/08 - 12:38 pm
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Our tax money again, being

Our tax money again, being wasted on these criminals. Well, at least he want be out on the street to kill again.

Redibear
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Redibear 07/11/08 - 12:43 pm
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...Johnson, he or she will be

...Johnson, he or she will be dead when released and the world will not remember him. He will have a long time to think about the road he took in life....he will have a long time to listening to the sounds of click, click, click of doors locking behind his butt and it goes on until death....

toldya
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toldya 07/11/08 - 04:11 pm
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you guys remeber the guy that

you guys remeber the guy that just got arrested for raping those 3 woman ? Previous criminal record indicated he was a peeping tom. His behavior escalated- what makes these judges think that these molesters will be ok after a 'magical" number of years? If congress would have passed the law that it was a capitol crime to rape a child- because the punishment OUTWEIGHED the crime? betcha the crime rate for that would go down, had it been passed.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 07/11/08 - 10:45 pm
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